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CSPAN
Sep 15, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. in the 1930's, you had to have something like a universal service fund to get telephone service into rural america, that is a totally different america than the america today where almost everybody in the country has a cell phone or an iphone or nicad and we have multiple service providers in the -- or an ipad and we have multiple service providers in the network. i see no real reason for the universal service fund as it was originally construed. and it is debatable if you need it at all. i am understand those that represent rural districts that want to use universal service fund to get broadband into their areas. when the issue came up last time in the energy and commerce committee, then congressman now senator roy blunt of missouri offered some amendments to require that, if you will do broadband universal service fund, they provided to underserved areas and that amendment was defeated. to my mind, it does show a bit of the hypocrisy of the concept. >> the communications at those require the fcc to have the usf. is that something you would favor changing the law to address that iss
CSPAN
Sep 1, 2012 6:30pm EDT
in south africa or the pro-democracy movements in eastern europe during the 1970's or 1980's -- these were movements that tended to be years-long in the making. because of the relatively open platforms that are social media, movements that would have once taken years now take days, weeks, months. thing two -- the information environment has been enriched because of social media, and that was a grand consequence in the context of these revolutions. in tunisia, for example, most people know the story of the fruit and vegetable vendor lighting himself on fire on december 17, 2010. what people do not know is that then unleashed a series of protests that unleashed the arabs spring -- arab spring. what people do not understand is why a relatively isolated event in a small town in tunisia was able to quickly spread . the reason why it was able to quickly spread through tunisia is because the protests themselves were captured over mobile phones. the videos were accurate and distributed by tunisian, so people with relatively small social media followings were suddenly able to reach huge number
CSPAN
Sep 17, 2012 8:00pm EDT
america of the 1930's where you had to have something like the fund to get the telephone service in rural america is different than the america today where almost everybody in the country has a cell phone or iphone or ipad and we have multiple service providers with the 3g and 4g networks and i see no reason for the fund as it was originally construed, and it's debatable if you need it at all faugh. they represent a rural district that want to use the service of broadband into their areas and when the issue came up last time in the committee of congress and now senator of missouri offered some amendments to require that we provide if you're going to do broadband universal service to underserved areas that amendment was defeated, so to my mind, it does show little bit of hypocrisy in the concept. >> the act does require them to have the usf. is that something you would favor changing ... all? >> i don't want to regurgitate. >> many of the universal service fund 70 years ago and they won the case then and may have been necessary. you have a tough time making that case today. if you ch
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